Experience in the bank, for Frank

  • by Staff Writer
  • Monday, 18th November 2019

Frank Nouble says that his experience at West Ham and Chelsea has proved to be invaluable.

The former Hammer signed a five-year contract at the Boleyn Ground in July 2009 at the age of just 17, after being lured from Chelsea by the promise of first team football by Gianfranco Zola.

And although he managed to make just 19 first team appearances for the Hammers before being granted a free transfer three years later, the Lewisham-born striker says that those early experiences were entirely worthwhile.


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Now flourishing at League Two Colchester United - his FOURTEENTH professional club since signing pro terms with Chelsea - Nouble also believes that his early experiences have helped him guide the youngsters at the JobServe Stadium.

"I've taken a lot from starting my career at Premier League clubs," he told the Standard. "As I've got older, I've appreciated that and kept my standards high - whether it's me or my team-mates.

"Back then it was hard to get that opportunity at Chelsea - and that's why I left to go to West Ham. It's frustrating as a youngster when you can't see a pathway in front of you.

"I say to the youngsters here that they're lucky to be at a club like Colchester United. I try to tell them to do it for themselves; if you do well for yourself, then it will reproduce on a Saturday.

"When you're around good players, you take the little things and try to put them into your game. We've got a lot of younger players in the squad [at Colchester] and hopefully I can pass on my experience to them."


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Still only 28, Nouble has already made 69 appearances for Colchester for whom he has scored 12 goals.

Prior to arriving in north Essex, and following his time at Chelsea and West Ham, he enjoyed spells with West Brom, Swindon, Swansea, Barnsley, Charlton, Gillingham and Coventry (on loan) plus Wolves, Ipswich, Southend and Newport.

"It was always about learning from the older players [at Chelsea and West Ham] and we've got a great mix here," he added. "They youngsters here are very lucky, because when I was a youngster it wasn't about youth players."

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